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We are seeking a Consultant/ Specialist in Rural Hospital Medicine for a full-time role in Kaitaia, New Zealand’s most northern town – and one of the country’s oldest.

Kaitaia has a rich heritage and is located at the top of North Island in a beautiful subtropical climate.

Although small, with a population of approx 5000, it is a warm and welcoming community, with a history steeped in Maori, British and Croatian cultures.

If the rural lifestyle is for you, this is an ideal location, especially with the NZ summer just around the corner.

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate
  • 4 hours drive north of Auckland
  • Varied and interesting casemix
  • Fun team, warm and welcoming, good sense of humour!
  • Explore the beautiful bays, beaches and lush forest – Ninety Mile Beach, Aupori Peninsula, Cape Reinga
  • Gateway to the Bay of Islands, world class diving and sailing, and other lifestyle options

Northland covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres with a population of approximately 170,000, 32% of which identify as Maori.

The Kaitaia Hospital is a 28 bed rural hospital with a busy Accident and Medical Department, Outpatient clinics, Operating Theatre's, combined Medical, Surgical and Paediatric ward and many community based services.

The role of the Rural Hospital Medicine Consultant is to provide medical care to acutely ill patients in the Accident & Medical department as well as the management of inpatients on the General Ward. The range of medical care managed at Kaitaia Hospital is complex and interesting. The hospital provides care for some 25,000 people as well as the huge influx of tourists in the summer period.

Specialist support is provided from Whangarei Hospital (2 hour drive). 

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$130,000 - $200,000 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$118,866 - $177,706 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Also includes annual continuing medical education allowance and CME leave to attend conferences, activities etc.
  • Plus dedicated non-clinical time and multidisciplinary teamworking
  • And relocation assistance is additional

The Region

The Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. Its rich in Maori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Maori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life.

With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for both Kiwis and international visitors. As a result, the region has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves, which are a couple of hours drive away, and world class dive sites. Closer to Kaitaia, you can explore Ninety Mile Beach, go on horse treks, quad bike rides, surfing, kayaking, kitesurfing, flying, diving, fishing, game fishing and golfing. For those who prefer a quieter pace, there are lots of arts and crafts venues dotted around the area, as well as a multitude of great wines and vineyard tours of the Far North Wineries.

Kaiataia has a small airport with flights to Whangarei, but most people elect to drive. Whangarei itself as the regional base city has a busy domestic airport, as well as easy access transport links on to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and a two hour drive (or a 35 min flight).

Find out more about Kaitaia and the Northland region here


Given the permanent nature of this role, you should be eligible for provisional vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (or already hold vocational registration with MCNZ). This is the specialist pathway for registration and we can assist with paperwork if you are successfully appointed.

You can check the MCNZ website here to self-assess your eligibility for this pathway. In addition, this link is also helpful: MCNZ Rural Hospital Medicine scope of practice

Alternatively, eligibility for Locum Tenens or Provisional General registration with Medical Council of New Zealand will also be viewed favourably. These are fast track pathways, which take only 30 days to process once submitted. We can advise on your eligibility to be considered.

Please contact Tina if interested in this role with a copy of your CV. 


For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Tina today.

tina@headmedical.com / +44 (0)131 240 5258

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